The Innovators began the day with a trip to the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. There, they engage in a session called “Imaging the Body.” The Marinos Center is devoted to producing new kinds of screening technologies and techniques in order to better medical assessment and treatment. The Innovators learned about the mission behind the Martinos Center, exploring the scanners designed and produced there. They also got an in-depth explanation into the world of MRI—Magnetic Resonance Imaging—technology, trying out different machines and learning how to use them. Body imaging is a crucial intersection between the life and physical sciences.
Then, the Innovators traveled to Humanyze, a tech startup company born out of the MIT MediaLab. It is dedicated to improving human interaction in the professional workplace through enhancing the social sciences, IOT, and machine learning.
Team interaction is vital to success on any project in any field. The Innovators didn’t just learn about the mission of Humanyze; they also discovered the entrepreneurship, leadership, and dedication required to make a startup fiscally and philosophically lucrative. Through discussing the history, structure, and efficacy of Humanyze, the Innovators got a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to found and develop their own company.
After lunch, the Innovators came back to Suffolk for a groundbreaking session with virtual reality. Companies like Samsung are at the forefront of the efforts to advance virtual reality, or the transposition of someone’s state of mind into an artificial space. While virtual reality naturally draws connotations of avatars and video games, its implications for medical assistance and education are endless. Virtual reality has the potential to impact not only society, but also science.
More than the mere theory behind virtual reality, however, the Innovators engaged in a rich firsthand experience. They were able to try out virtual reality headsets, stepping foot into a universe engineered by computers, cutting-edge technology, and the innovation of the human imagination.
To finish the day, the Innovators collaborated on their Challenge. Next week, they will gather to present their ideas at the final celebration. Keep tuned!